How The News Took Over Reality

The Guardian

By Oliver Burkeman

Is engagement with current affairs key to being a good citizen? Or could an endless torrent of notifications be harming democracy as well as our wellbeing?

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The Case for Doing Nothing

New York Times

by Olga Mecking

“Stop being so busy, and just do nothing. Trust us. Keeping busy? Running from place to place and laboring over long to-do lists have increasingly become ways to communicate status."

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Americans' Stress, Worry and Anger Intensified in 2018

Gallup Report

Even as their economy roared, more Americans were stressed, angry and worried last year than they have been at most points during the past decade. Asked about their feelings the previous day, the majority of Americans (55%) in 2018 said they had experienced stress during a lot of the day, nearly half (45%) said they felt worried a lot and more than one in five (22%) said they felt anger a lot.

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Americans spend nearly one-third of their day sitting down

Associated Press

Over almost a decade, average daily sitting time increased by roughly an hour, to about eight hours for US teens and almost 6 1/2 hours for adults, according to the researchers. That includes school and work hours, but leisure-time computer use among all ages increased too.

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